There are many things to think about when choosing the right school for your unique student. We have a long list of ideas to give you a place to start as you focus your school search and make a wish list for your ideal school. Which of these ideas resonates with you? The answers to these questions will help you determine your “must haves”, and “nice to haves” and also those things that you don’t want at all.
Your Family’s Values
What does education mean to your family and what do you hope for your student? How much input do you want your student to have into choosing a school? (These are BIG questions!) Having your goals and objectives in mind as you consider schools will help you navigate the many options available to Kansas City students and hone in on those that meet your vision and values.
Your Student’s Temperament and Learning Style
Every student is unique. What is your student’s learning style? Is structure important or is your student more successful with freedom and independence? Maybe a combination works best. Learning environment plays a vital role in students’ academic and social progress. Would your student be better suited to a small, mid-size, or large school? Do you want small classes? A large social community?
Your Student’s Passions and Talents
Reflect on your student’s passions and talents. What does she love to do? What is he good at? Sports? Art? Technology? Or maybe your student is passionate about government, languages, or debate. Knowing his or her interests may help narrow down school choices.
School Focus and Philosophy
What about the philosophy and values of the school? Would you like a social justice focus? A school that takes advantage of what Kansas City has to offer? A student-centered school? Perhaps your religious values play a role in your school choice.
Your Logistical Needs
It is important to find a school that fits your family’s schedule and routines. Do you need transportation? Can you drive across town to drop off your student? Do you need an extended care program that allows you to drop off early or pick up late? How involved do you want to be (or can you be) in the school? Some schools encourage parent involvement and community engagement. Some require it. Do you want a school where parents and guardians are expected to be involved in activities and decisions? Do you hope to include families from school in your social life?